Seeking Stability: How to Reduce Threats to Your Business

When you start a business, you might not be aware of or think much of the potential threats to it. You might think those only happen to massive, famous corporations. In reality, however, that is not true.

In order to help bring about stability to your new business, take steps to reduce the following threats and the harm they can do your company.

Financial Threats

The poor management of finances is often what ruins a business, so it's one of the first things you should begin guarding against from the first moment you open your doors. Hiring an accountant or a specialist with an online finance master’s degree is a solid way to reduce financial threats that can result in bankruptcy.

Both types of professionals are trained on the subject of finance and can advise business owners on nearly every financial issue, from budgeting to hiring.

Cybersecurity Threats

With more and more elements of a business being digital now, cybersecurity is a real issue and a hot-button concern. You can reduce the risk by not using free cloud storage (paid versions are more secure), as they often don't have adequate security attached to it and is thus more likely to be compromised.

Also ensure that your online site is protected by industry-strength security, especially if you store customers' data. Don't allow employees to visit unauthorized websites and enforce it.

Theft Threats

Retail businesses in particular need to be worried about physical theft (shoplifting or burglary), but just about any business runs the risk of theft. One of the best methods to guard against theft is to practice what is called opportunity blocking.

The theory goes that when you take steps to deter crime by making it less rewarding, more risky and less appealing, the less likely it is to occur. Pretty simple, right? Some of the most effective methods include installing cameras (and signs to let people know they are there), investing in good locks, doors and windows, and restricting access.

Staffing Threats

Another major threat to a business is staffing problems. Companies that have issues with their recruitment process and a toxic work environment have a very hard time gaining and retaining top talent.

This causes innovation to stagnate and employees to feel unsatisfied and unhappy, which leads to high and costly turnover rates. Reduce this threat by having a good HR adviser, hiring for fit and finding a way to have an adequate number of employees rather than stretching them too thin.

All business owners need to recognize the possible threats against their businesses and guard against them accordingly. The threats mentioned above are only a sample of what plague business owners, but they are some of the most important issues. Take steps to protect your business from these threats and your company is much more likely to succeed.

About the author

Anica is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she's used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here. If you are interested in an online safety degree, Anica suggests you check out the programs offered by Eastern Kentucky University.


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